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Yesterday, I went to a Stake Choir practice.

When I got there, the room was completely full, with extra chairs brought in.  There were so many people there ready to share their talents and contribute.  And they are all really good!!!  It sounded amazing just on the first sight reading of the music.  It was so enjoyable to be a part of the creation of beautiful music.  This amazing feeling is why I participated in Band and Orchestra in both High School and College.  It is amazing to be a part of something so much bigger than yourself.  It’s like jumping into the music, rather than just listening to it.

Then I looked around, or rather listened, to all of the beautiful voices and thought to myself.  “What am I doing here?”

When I played the bassoon in the orchestra in college, I was one of 2 or 3.  They needed me.

When I’ve been in other smaller choirs I was sometimes the only alto, or at least the only alto that could read music, and they needed me.

Now, surrounded by rows of other second alto’s, I realized that, this choir doesn’t need me at all.  If I don’t show up again, no one will even notice.  So…. why am I here?

Almost instantly I knew the answer as we practiced this song.   As I sang the words “All the vain things that charm me most”  I thought of the jewelry and shoes and clothes that I wanted to buy this week, that seemed so important at the time. But through this song, I remember that these things aren’t what lasts forever.  Buying new things does give me a thrill… temporarily, but the feeling I get from embracing all that is truly beautiful in life stays with me much longer.

So the answer to why I am at choir is, I am here because it is meaningful to me.  I feel joy throughout my soul when I fill it with music.

I sing because I am worshiping God through sharing my talents.  It doesn’t matter whether or not anyone else needs my talents, God gave them to me to share.  And regardless of how the the choir may or may not be changed by me being there, I know that I am fulfilling my duty to God by worshiping through song in gratitude that I have been given a voice to sing with.

It is the same reason we sing with the congregation when we attend church services.  We don’t sing to be heard of others, or to make the music sound better for others.  We sing because it is a glorious form of worship. Because we feel something when we sing or are a part of music.  Hymns sung in church are like a prayer spoken by everyone.  They fill us with the spirit and meaning through the words of the songs

Often through poignant beautiful music, will my heart becomes so full that it flows from my eyes in sweet joyful tears.  Beautiful music with a purposeful message can move me like few other things.  It speaks to my soul in a way that just plain words cannot reach.


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